It may have rained cats and dogs, but it didn’t stop the people of Pershore turning out in their thousands. The Word of Music Pershore Carnival certainly didn’t disappoint, the procession was by far the liveliest and probably the biggest Pershore has seen for some years.

Mr Shepherd, Pershore Carnival Chairman said “An enormous amount of effort goes into the planning and organisation of Pershore Carnival, so it was wonderful to see that despite the weather, the people of Pershore braved the streets to get involved and support carnival. All the feedback the committee has received has been fantastic - it makes all the hard work worthwhile”

The winners of the Best Float:

Best Motorised Float – Pershore Retail Market

Best Walking Float – Cherry Orchard First School

Best Small Group – the Palmer Family

Best Overall Float in Carnival – Pershore Retail Market

Pershore Bake Competition winners:

Adult – Mrs Angela Fowler from Fladbury

Child – joint winners Devan Gardner from Evesham & Stella Quarmby from Pershore.

Mr Shepherd went on to say “There are so many people that I would like to thank - the local business that provided either financial sponsorship, services or loan of equipment; those that provided the lorries for the floats and the drivers that gave up their Bank Holiday. All the schools and groups that entered a float. Those that provided the entertainment throughout the day - the singers, dancers and musicians. The Mayor of Pershore, the Carnival Royalty, the list goes on and on! Without their support and good will it simply wouldn’t happen. A massive Thank You to you all.”

The Pershore Carnival committee are now having a well-earned rest before embarking on their fundraising activities for next year’s 50th Anniversary carnival.